The American Institute of Architects announced that executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, will retire at the end of 2021.
By Matt Hickman
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that its executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, will retire at the end of 2021 after a transformative, decade-long tenancy in the association’s top leadership role.
As detailed by the AIA this morning, Ivy led the institute through numerous impactful changes since his appointment in 2011 including a restructuring of the Board of directors to “encourage nimble debate and decision making,” the organization’s successful “digital transformation” across a multitude of platforms, overseeing an ongoing awareness campaign and reconstituted philanthropic foundation, and maintaining what the AIA called a “consistent, assertive public voice based on architects’ values.”
Under his tenure, Ivy, a veteran of McGraw-Hill and celebrated former editor of Architectural Record, also shepherded the AIA through a remarkable, post-recession period of financial stability and membership growth. Under Ivy, the AIA reached a record-setting benchmark of 95,500 members across over 200 chapters and components in the United States and further afield. This figure represents the AIA’s highest total membership since the organization was established in 1857 in New York City by a group of 13 architects—Charles Babcock, Henry W. Cleaveland, Henry Dudley, Leopold Eidlitz, Edward Gardiner, Richard Morris Hunt, Fred A. Petersen, Jacob Wrey Mould, John Welch, Richard M. Upjohn, Joseph C. Wells, and Richard Upjohn serving as the inaugural president—with the goal to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members.”
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